I’m channel surfing between two programs that both represents what I’d call slow-tv. On Viasat Golf I’m watching the US Open, and golf rounds take time. On NRK2 I’m watching the first few minutes of the marathon 134-hour direct transmission from the hurtigrute-ship NordNorge as she sails north along the Norwegian coast. There are journalists on boards so there are some interviews with crews and passengers. There’s also clips from other programs about Hurtigruten, but when those are shown they don’t take the whole screen, so you can always watch the live feed in the background. Sometimes they also show a map or a fact sheet to show us where the ship is at that moment, how fast it’s sailing and so on, but still the live feed take up most of the screen. When it’s just the live feed running there’s no commentary and no music, a lot like being on board in real life. And there’s no commercials!
In 2009 NRK2 did a similar thing, following the Oslo-Bergen train on it’s whole 7-hour journey to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Bergen Line. It was a huge and unexpected success and spurred them on to making this program.
NRK also let anyone use their material from these programs as long as you credit them properly. I think that’s very nice of them.
The Norwegian singer Kari Bremnes has made a beutiful song about growing up and watching the hurtigrute-ships passing at sea. I include both the English and Norwegian versions, but really prefer the Norwegian 🙂